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There's little to like about hate-crime laws
Los Angeles Times ^
| December 3, 2006
| Michael McGough
Posted on 12/03/2006 5:35:58 AM PST by Zakeet
ACCORDING TO the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, 10 black teenagers broke the law by attacking three white women in Long Beach on Halloween. But rather than simply charge all of them with felony assault, the D.A.'s office made an unusual decision: Eight of the 10 seven girls and one boy were also charged with a "hate crime enhancement" for adding insult to injury with utterances such as "I hate whites."
Reading about the Long Beach case (which I wouldn't dare to prejudge even if the facts weren't so murky), I felt a twinge of vindication.
Four years ago, I wrote that Pennsylvania's hate-crime law which, like California's, is a "piggyback" statute allowing for extra punishment for crimes deemed to be motivated by bias could have unintended consequences.
For one thing, I believed, such laws could end up giving extra punishment to ordinary criminals who, while committing a run-of-the-mill crime, engaged in some racial trash talk and that's not the kind of bias-motivated crime the law was intended to go after. For another thing, it is possible that such laws could end up punishing blacks who commit violence against whites which is a far cry from the historical experience that inspired hate-crime statutes.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: constitution; hatecrime; law
The author goes on to present a rather lengthy argument against hate crime statutes. In the process, he raises several points which have been discussed in this forum for years. However, I suspect the author's real motivation for doing opposing these laws, as well as that of the newspaper, is contained in the last line of the excerpt.
posted on 12/03/2006 5:36:03 AM PST
The real "hate" in hate crimes laws is what the proponents have for America.
"For another thing, it is possible that such laws could end up punishing blacks who commit violence against whites . . . "
As if that -- by itself -- is somehow wrong.
posted on 12/03/2006 5:50:08 AM PST
("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
Now that Republicans are in the minority, can Keith Olbermann be charged with a hate crime?
posted on 12/03/2006 5:54:57 AM PST
by depressed in 06
(Bolshecrat, the party of what if.)
The good news is that New York will have no part of prosecuting blacks for hate crimes against whites.
posted on 12/03/2006 5:56:55 AM PST
(See my profile for the democrat culture of corruption list.)
To: depressed in 06
I hate the DNC, is that a crime?
posted on 12/03/2006 5:56:59 AM PST
by Sam Ketcham
(Amnesty means vote dilution, increased taxes to bring them UP to the Poverty Level!)
To: Sam Ketcham
Not yet but January is coming up quick
posted on 12/03/2006 6:00:37 AM PST
by Archon of the East
("universal executive power of the law of nature")
posted on 12/03/2006 7:16:47 AM PST
(Rudy in 2008)
To: Sam Ketcham
Not now,but give 'em a little time.
posted on 12/03/2006 7:42:57 AM PST
by Farmer Dean
(Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
"...it is possible that such laws could end up punishing blacks who commit violence against whites "
Obviously this McGough character is oblivious to the fundamental and ghastly immorality of his words and the thought processes behind them.
posted on 12/03/2006 8:36:29 AM PST
by Savage Beast
("Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.")
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